A 3-day workshop on Inclusive Project Cycle Management was recently organized in Kumba for the staff of the SEEPD Programme, some key partner organisations and some partner Councils. The aim of the workshop was to enhance improve the skills of participants on disability inclusion in project planing and implementation. The SEEPD Programme organized the workshop in collaboration with the CBM Country Coordination and Regional Offices.
Speaking at the start of the workshop, the CBM Country Representative, Mr. Fon Julius emphasized the importance of designing projects that are inclusive given the role of the minority and marginalized group of people in the implementation of the project.
As main facilitator, the CBM Regional Programme Manager for Africa West and Central Region, Mr, Mue Peter Ngha drilled participants on inclusive project cycle management during which he emphasized the necessity of inclusion given the human diversity in the society where this practice gives dignity, equal opportunity and accommodation to all in the society. As such, persons with disabilities are supposed to be included in project design because they are human beings and form the world’s largest minority group. Mr. Mue highlighted barriers to inclusion such as attitudinal, informational, environmental and physical, which programme staff and stakeholders must intentionally break them in the design and implementation of projects.
According to the facilitator, the project cycle management begins with a project idea which manifest into pre project analysis, planning and design, implementation and evaluation. He stressed that in all the stages, the minority group of people should be involved so that their ideas and interests will be reflected in the entire project.
Working in groups, participants also had the opportunity to learn and design the problem tree which identifies the problem, causes and consequences. They were told to always know the pre occupation of the stakeholders, their interest, control and influence in the project. The different groups working on infrastructure, education and health projects as examples during the workshop, designed project ides, problem tree and a summarized log frame on each topic.
Another topic which thrilled the participants was the log frame. Mr. Mue called on all to always have specific and precise activities on the log frame with the general objective, purpose and results of each activities clearly stated for the better understanding of the funder.
The take home messages were that participants should appropriately consult stakeholders in the design, implementation and evaluation of projects, monitor assumptions, and ensure that project overall objectives align with the Sustainable Development Goals amongst others.
The partner organisations and Councils appreciated the SEEPD Programme for the opportunity given them to acquire knowledge on the inclusive cycle project management. They promised to put the lessons leant into practice to improve on the quality of life for persons with disabilities, women and other minority groups within their respective communities.
At the close of the workshop, the SEEPD Programme Manager, Mr. Awa Jacques Chirac thanked the CBM leadership for sharing their knowledge with participants. He said the only way participants should show appreciation to the facilitators is to put the knowledge acquired into practice as they design projects in their different places of work.